Screening for breast cancer enables early detection by which curative treatment can be possible. While mammography is the current gold standard for screening, it has low sensitivity in younger women and its harmful X-rays in frequent screening can increase the risk of cancer. Incidence rates are rising in younger women, causing a relook at thermography for low cost and non-harmful screening. In this paper, thermography is compared to mammography correlated with sono-mammography in 65 FNAC/biopsy proven cancer subjects in India. Thermography is comparable to mammography correlated with sono-mammography, having 94% and 95% sensitivity, respectively. A novel semi-automated thermographic tumor detection and location algorithm used in this paper also provides 97% sensitivity. This shows the promise of automated thermographic screening for reaching large populations in a cost effective manner in low resource settings in countries like India. Further studies in a large scale need to be done to evaluate the specificity to enable such solutions.
|Title of host publication
|2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
|Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
|Number of pages
|Published - 04-11-2015
|37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 25-08-2015 → 29-08-2015
|37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
|25-08-15 → 29-08-15
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Signal Processing
- Biomedical Engineering
- Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
- Health Informatics